Augusta Health Nurses Set High Standards by Earning Certification

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On March 19, National Certified Nurses Day, 33 Augusta Health nurses were recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellent patient care for the national certifications they earned.

Board Certification of nurses requires demonstration of extensive knowledge in a subject area, usually by examination. "Over the past several years, board certification of nurses has played an increasingly important role in providing high standards of care for patients and their families. I am very proud of the nurses who earn their national credentials. We encourage national certifications because it translates to improved quality and service to our patients and community," said Bob McWhirt, DNP, Chief Nursing Officer at Augusta Health. "We also appreciate each employee's commitment – these certifications are not easy to earn. They represent a significant investment of personal time and excellence."

There are many nursing certification specialty areas in nursing--medical-surgery, pediatric, pain management, cardiovascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Although a registered nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, board certification requires more extensive study.

During the ceremony on March 19, the following nurses, with certification area noted, were recognized:

Pam Flint, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Pam Austin, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Cathey Hall, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Tina Bartley, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Heather Carter, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Holly Coleman, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Joanna Taggart, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Missy Stokes, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Abby Smith, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Paula Deacon, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Jackie Harmon, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Sarah Parker, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Regina Johnson, Conscious Sedation Registered Nurse (CSRN)

Leanne Testerman, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)

Cheri Jones, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)

Joey Mooneyham, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)

Tammy Patterson, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)

Tonya Meadows, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)

Debbie Phillips, Certified Hyperbaric Tech (CHT)

Debbie Cubbage, Certified Hyperbaric Tech (CHT)

Angie Bourbeau, Certified Case Manager (CCM)

Brandi Ervin, Certified Case Manager (CCM)

Suzanne Clark, Certified Case Manager (CCM)

Nicole McCain, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Catherine Carty, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Linda Freed, Critical Care Nurse Specialist (CCNS)

Steve Colvin, Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN)

Renee Pullen, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner- pediatrics (SANE-P)

Pat Benson, Certified Professional in Health Quality (CPHQ)

Jan Botkin, Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC)

Donna Yeago, Certified Lactation Specialist (CLS)

Michelle Seay, Certified Lactation Specialist (CLS)

Stephanie Brooks, Certified Lactation Specialist (CLS)